QOCS and set off

Qualified One Way Costs Shifting, known to its friends as QOCS, was introduced in 2013. The idea was to secure access to justice by limiting the circumstances in which a losing claimant could be required to pay the costs of the other side. In fact, there have been numerous problems with the scheme which has…

Points of Dispute – important Court of Appeal decision

Ainsworth v Stewarts Law LLP [2020] EWCA Civ 178 There has been an important Court of Appeal decision this week in relation to Points of Dispute. The case itself involved a dispute between a Solicitors’ firm and a former client but the decision itself is likely to affect most cases where Points of Dispute are…

Sponsoring a very Modern Law Award

We were proud to be Sponsors at the 2020 Modern Law Awards Dinner at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on Thursday, 6th February 2020. We sponsored the Marketing and Communication Strategy of the Year Award. This rewards – ‘..an integrated marketing strategy, harnessing social media to promote a firm’s success..’ This is probably one of the most…

Sponsoring a very Modern Law Award

We were proud to be Sponsors at the 2020 Modern Law Awards Dinner at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on Thursday, 6th February 2020. We sponsored the Marketing and Communication Strategy of the Year Award. This rewards – ‘..an integrated marketing strategy, harnessing social media to promote a firm’s success..’ This is probably one of the most…

Has QOCS lost its appeal? Not yet…

We have talked before about Qualified One Way Costs Shifting (QOCS). The idea of QOCS followed the decision to remove the rights of claimants in Personal Injury cases to recover the premium payable for After the Event insurance from the other side. This insurance was how they protected themselves against adverse legal costs if their…